Expose Your Child

We've heard the stories: a child left mostly to himself at home because the parents are working and have practically no time to interact with him. Left by the babysitter to watch Nickelodeon the whole day while she does other household chores, the child grew up and learned to speak English as his first language, accent and all. Well and good.

Then there's the other one: a child left to himself in a household filled with dogs. The first sound that the child was able to make was a bark. Okay, this last story is anecdotal. I cannot deny nor confirm the veracity of it. But here's one story that I can.

While our daughter was growing up, she was left mostly with her babysitter at home while Teacher Jane and I worked. Her babysitter was just 17 years old at that time and, just like most teenagers, she was greatly enamored with pop music.  Needless to say, her music eventually became my daughter's music. Such is the power of exposure. But it was only later that I learned about this. One time I asked our daughter what her favorite song was and she immediately belted out: "Di ko kayang tanggapin" to my horror. Right there and then I knew an intervention was in order. She was just about three years old but I began exposing her to the tunes of Sting, Earl Klugh, Phil Collins, Don Mclean, etc. I had to teach her how to switch on the mini-component in our bedroom and how to load the CDs. She learned quickly and began to change her tune. There was no cd duplication nor mp3s then, so I had to pay the cost of her music education with scratches on my treasured cd collections. By exposing her to my music, she acquired the taste for the same. Although as she grow older, she  started listening to music favored by her peers, again by exposure, she never really abandoned the ones she was exposed to as a child. She still hums with the tune of Neil Diamond and Paul McCartney.

There are still many other things where our influence can be effective in the acquisition of tastes and preferences of our children. But knowing that they are so musically minded, although not necessarily musically talented, we may as well start from there and progress to other fields of performing and fine arts.

This coming Sunday, September 19, 2010, for example, the UST Singers will hold a concert at Nicanor Abelardo Hall at the CCP entitled UNENDING GRACE, UNENDING PRAISE: THE UST SINGERS` THANKSGIVING CONCERT
Here's a quote from the ticketing office:

The University of Santo Tomas Singers, founded in 1992, is the University`s premiere mixed choral ensemble composed of a select group of students and alumni representing the different colleges and faculties of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas – the oldest university in Asia, under the baton of Prof. Fidel G. Calalang Jr.

In the course of 15 years in the international choral music scene with thirteen (13) concert tours that brought them to GERMANY, POLAND, SLOVENIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, MONACO, AUSTRIA, the NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, SWITZERLAND, DENMARK, ENGLAND, WALES, SCOTLAND, SPAIN, FRANCE, ANDORRA, BULGARIA, ITALY, MEXICO, CANADA, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, and SOUTH KOREA, the choir has achieved both national and international recognition as one of the top choirs in the world.

The UST Singers has put together a repertoire of exceptional interpretations that cover significant parts of the choral literature of the last five centuries, paving way to the group`s triumphs in various international choral competitions, particularly in Europe.

The musical presentation may look a little bit heavy for your children but there is a certain kind of magic in being inside the concert hall with the singers themselves that makes children listen. Just make sure you call though to know what age of children are allowed to attend as some programs may limit the show to mature audiences. If this fails, there are still other shows out there both for children and adults.  This brings me to a particular menu in our new site which is the Resources menu found under Content. Click on it and you will be brought to a page from the Ticketworld site where show tickets are sold for various shows currently running in or are scheduled to run in Metro Manila. You may buy your tickets for some shows right there, although others may be on cash basis only so you have to get your ticket from Ticketworld's outlets.

That being said, I will put my money where my mouth is and buy the UST Singer's concert ticket. I don't know about you but for me and my house, it's exposure time. Maybe see you there?


NOTE: Ticketworld site states that the UST concert allows children above 3 years old.